"It's just one more cumulative effect against small businesses," said Del. Seth Howard, an Anne Arundel County Republican.
Del. Warren Miller, a Howard County Republican, said he preferred Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's sick leave proposal. The governor's bill would require sick leave at companies with at least 50 employees. A tax credit would be offered to smaller companies that voluntarily provide sick leave.
"I think the tax credit was somewhat innovative," Miller said.
Lawmakers have held hearings on Hogan's bill, dubbed the "Commonsense Paid Leave Act," but have not taken any action.